I Was On The Radio Last Night

(NOTE: Based on time elapsed since the posting of this entry, the BS-o-meter calculates this is 15.678% likely to be something that Ferrett now regrets.)

At 12:19 am last night, I was on the BBC Radio for four minutes, discussing the new Star Wars/Disney merger.  All I can say is, they’re very trusting folks.
The offer came by way of my friend Eric Meyer, who got hit up via Twitter.  Eric, it should be noted, is neither a Star Wars expert or a media expert – he’s one of the finest minds I know, and the acknowledged master of web technology CSS, but pretty much abandoned Star Wars after the prequels, and wasn’t overly fond of them as an adult either.  But they found him on the Twitterwebs, presumably because he has like 50,000 followers and made a Star Wars tweet at some point, and asked him if he wanted to be on the show.  He magnanimously kicked them over to me.
The BBC producer talked with me to test the Skype connection, verified that I was willing to discuss it live on air, and… that was it.  I had no idea what kind of questions they planned to ask, and for all she knew when I got on-air all I would do is stammer and occasionally yell “Bonerfart! Bonerfart!”  Considering this was a live interview, well, if this is their usual MO then they luck out an awful lot.
But the interview went well – they asked about my opinion on it (it’s potentially exciting; they could go the awesome way of Marvel Disney, or the sad pathetic sequel-churn of Pirates of the Caribbean, but the quick-turnaround 2015 deadline date is a little worrisome), asked how I met my wife (why, online, in a Star Wars chat room!), and then I pontificated briefly upon the complete lack of tactics inherent in the Death Star trench run (seriously, why not just fly straight down at the unguarded exhaust port and avoid the hundred miles of heavily-reinforced trench, or at least start the run a lot closer to the target?).
One suspects, perhaps uncharitably, that they were slightly hoping for an incoherent nerd, as there was a brief but uncomfortable detour to “These people dress up in costumes and attend conventions, it’s all rather sad, isn’t it?”  If so, well, I don’t think I was too incoherent.  I did use the phrase “quivering nerdgasm,” if I remember appropriately, which was probably a first on BBC air.
Unfortunately, I don’t know what station it was, although my good online buddies asakiyume and Frank Romeo heard me, and were surprised.  It’s a bit of a sad statement, really; I assumed people were reading my Twitter feed, and never once mentioned it on my blog.  I probably should have, except I was digging out from under the storm and then in a roleplaying game and I lost track, man.  LJ’s so last week.
Anywhoo, it was fun.  They didn’t mention my website or Twitter or anything, and had me living in New York, so it didn’t really get me scads of fame and fortune, but for a lark it’s a fun lark.  Pretending to be A Expert an’ everything.
(And no, I don’t think it’s available online, sadly.  If anyone can track it down, I’d be grateful.)


  1. Mark D
    Oct 31, 2012

    Really cool that you made it to the radio! Actually, the BBC does keep its audio archives on the internet, but their sites are a little hard to navigate. If you know which BBC radio station it was (1,2,3,4?) and what the program name was, it shouldn’t be too hard to track down. If you don’t know the program name, you might be able to find that out through calculating at what time you were on, approximately.

  2. Alex in Leeds
    Oct 31, 2012

    UK folks can hear it here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p0104gj9/Newsday_31_10_2012/ – but not sure that link will work elsewhere. You’re sixteen minutes in. I can upload a clip onto dropbox if you like. 🙂

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